A HELOC is a line of credit secured by your home. You can use your revolving credit line to tap into the equity you’ve built up in your home for large purchases such as tuition, renovations and emergency expenses. Since HELOCs rely on your home’s equity, you can’t borrow more than the value of equity in your home, which is the appraised value of your property minus the remaining balance on your mortgage.
With a HELOC, you have the flexibility to borrow and repay as needed, and you’re only charged interest on the outstanding balance. For example, if you have a HELOC limit of $50,000 but only use $20,000 for a home improvement project, you’ll only pay interest on that $20,000 rather than the entire $50,000.
In addition to your credit history, your income, debt, employment situation and other factors relating to your ability to repay the loan will play a role in qualifying for a home equity option.